News Notes & Dates
Week of November 17
** Please be prepared to participate in the A.L.I.C.E. drill on Monday, November 24th. Your cooperation in following the training you have previously had will be greatly appreciated. If you need more details, please see Joy or me. More information regarding this is below.
** As we continue to refine our our special education model I would like your help. I truly think we are on the right track but that there are things we need to look at and do differently. I also think it is essential that we have all parties come together to look at this model. Starting Monday, December 1st I would like to meet once a week (2:30-3:30) for several weeks to move our program forward. This is open to anyone who would like to be a part of this discussion. It is very important that we have representation from core teachers, classroom IS teachers, resource IS teachers and Paraprofessionals. Please sign up here if you are interested. Thanks for all your hard work this year and your willingness help our students be the best they can be. I look forward to working with you as we move forward with some refinements.
** Over the next few months, we will be sending you tools that will help you prepare your students for the PARCC assessments. We are also working with Meghan Lawson from Central Office to assist us. After she attends a state meeting in January, she will have more to share with us. In the meantime, we need to continue to focus on teaching the standards and helping the students learn how to use the tools that are a part of these assessments. The first assessments will be the more complex questions and will be given at the end of February or first of March. One cite that we have found that will give you an opportunity to allow students to practice their skills is Edcite.com. I encourage you to work in your CAT teams to decide what tools will work best for your content area as we do not want to overwhelm you. Let me know if you find any good tools we can share and thanks for all you do!!!
** Thanks to everyone who has done a great job with your OTES so far. We are hoping to have all of them complete before the holiday break in December. Please let your administrator know if you have any questions.
Holidays are approaching.....have a special family in mind you can help?
* Wed. Nov. 19 - Staff Meeting - Learning Commons 2:30pm
* Fri. Nov 21 - NO 24/7 - Advisory for all to discuss A.L.I.C.E. Drill >> Power Point below
Please see John or Joy if you need any details regarding A.L.I.C.E.
* Fri. Nov. 21 - Warm-up for each class period, please review what your plan would be for A.L.I.C.E. for your classroom.
**evacuation **barricade ** meet-up point
* Mon. Nov 24 - A.L.I.C.E. Drill
* Fri. Dec. 5 - Go Offline Day
Structure Creates Behavior--
We will have our first ALICE drill of the school year sometime during the day on Monday, Nov. 24. On Friday, Nov. 21 (this Friday), 24/7 will be cancelled so that all students and staff can be in advisory for very important ALICE information. Carolyn Heller will be sharing the presentation used last year with all teachers. (There are notes included for each slide). It is extremely important advisors use this information to communicate the Nagel Nation expectations during an ALICE drill.
As we create structure and put expectations in place, appropriate behaviors will follow. Thank you for setting the tone for Nagel success during our upcoming drill.
As you have questions, please ask John or Joy.
1. Go Offline Day:
- schedule for 7th & 8th grade lunches and 7th grade encore
- 8th grade schedule
- PLEASE NOTE THAT 7TH & 8TH GRADES ARE SWITCHING LUNCHES!
2. Shop & Share:
- SuperHawks will be collecting money each morning in advisory starting Monday, November 17th through Tuesday, November 25th.
- Shopping Night @ Target is Monday, December 8th from 3:00-7:00. All are welcome!
- Powerpoint Presentation for teachers to share during advisory on Friday, November 21st
- Joy has the teacher notes for this power point and is sending those!
Kids working on a superhero graphic to help them connect with water movement through the 4 spheres (as film score for Spider Man 2 is playing in background). Thanks Chris! Keep up the great work.
Turkey Day is almost here!
Many birthday's in November
Nikki's teammates gave her extra 'sweet' wishes for her birthday! Happy belated!!
Lizzy's Academic Advice
Lizzy's Weekly Information
November 19th, 2014 - CORE ONLY TEACHERS
Plan to meet in room 115 during your team time for our November Rock Wednesday around Student Motivation
In case you missed the e-mail:
Our goal for our upcoming Rock Wednesday is to provide you all with a tool or two that you can use to help you with some of your most challenging students.
To prepare for that conversation we ask that as a team you do the following, super simple task...
- Read the six scenarios (centered around student motivation) listed below
- As you read the scenarios, choose two students that would apply to two different scenarios
- Show up to the Rock Wednesday with those scenarios and names in mind
Scenario #1 - The student cannot do the work
The student lacks essential skills required to do the task.
Scenario #2 - The response effort to do the work seems too great
Although the student has the required skills to complete the assigned work, he or she perceives the 'effort' needed to do so to be so great that the student loses motivation.
Scenario #3 - Classroom instruction does not engage
The student is distracted or off-task because classroom instruction and learning activities are not sufficiently reinforcing to hold his or her attention.
Scenario #4 - The student does not see an adequate payoff for doing the work
The student requires praise, access to rewards, or other re-enforcers in the short term as a temporary 'pay-off' to encourage her or him to apply greater effort.
Scenario #5 - The student lacks confidence that he or she can do the work
The student as a low sense of self-efficacy in a subject area, activity, or academic task and that lack of confidence reduces the student's motivation to apply his or her best effort.
Scenario #6 - The student lacks a positive relationship with the teacher
The student appears indifferent or even hostile toward the instructor and this may lack motivation to follow teacher request or to produce work.
Have you asked someone who attended the GAFE Summit to teach you a new cool Goggle tool? Ask Jamie, Sergio, Kyle, Melissa, or our Ali's
The Bailey Special
Winter Preseason Meeting on Monday, Nov. 17 @ 7pm (All Winter Athletes/Parents)
First Girls Basketball Scrimmage is Thursday, Nov. 20 (Blue at Home, Silver at Lebanon)
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